Oklahoma Voices

Mondays 11 a.m. - 12 Noon

Oklahoma newsmakers talking about the issues that affect the Sooner state and beyond.

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Oklahoma Voices
11:03 am
Mon February 16, 2015

Oklahoma's Crime-Funded Court System Leaves Many Offenders With Substantial Debt

Exodus House, a prisoner re-entry program, in Oklahoma City
Kate Carlton Greer KGOU

For more than two decades, Oklahoma has increasingly turned to fines and fees from court cases to pay for the court system itself. An investigation between KGOU and Oklahoma Watch called Prisoners of Debt reveals that as many inmates regain their freedom, they’re still imprisoned by mountains of debt.

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Oklahoma Voices
11:00 am
Mon February 9, 2015

VIDEO: Lack Of Funding, Leadership Among Topics Of Mental-Health Forum

Lack of funding and access to services and lack of political will have prevented many Oklahomans with mental illness and addiction problems from getting the help they need, leaders in the field told an Oklahoma City audience Tuesday night.

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Oklahoma Voices
11:32 am
Mon February 2, 2015

Oklahoma Forum: A Vision For Oklahoma Public Education

Education policy is among the top concerns facing lawmakers as they begin a new legislative session at the state capitol. Recent policy debates over the A-F system of grading public schools, Common Core, and third grade reading sufficiency testing have prompted educators to speak out more in hopes of shaping state education policy. 

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Oklahoma Voices
11:26 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Stateline: Cowboys Of Color

The cowboy is an American icon. The Hollywood image of the cowboys is lone, rugged and white, but in reality the old west was very diverse, and many of the cowboys were African-American or Hispanic.

Every year, culturally diverse cowboys from all over the country come to the Cowboys of Color Rodeo in Oklahoma City.

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Oklahoma Forum
11:31 am
Mon January 5, 2015

Oklahoma Forum: Preserving Native American Culture

OETA Managing Editor and Deputy Director Dick Pryor discuss the importance and preservation of American Indian culture in Oklahoma, with:

Oklahoma Voices
11:04 am
Mon January 5, 2015

Oklahoma Forum: The Year-End Show

OETA Deputy Director and Managing Editor Dick Pryor discusses the top stories and the best and the worst of 2014 and look ahead to 2015.

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Oklahoma Voices
11:08 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities Crucial To Primary Education Of Oklahoma's Future Workforce

Shelly Deas, principal of Lee Elementary School in Oklahoma City, shows the school’s system for tracking achievement and improvement levels of each student. Students in blue are at the highest performing level; students in red are at the lowest.
Clifton Adcock Oklahoma Watch

At Oklahoma State University’s annual Economic Outlook Conference last week, industry professionals criticized low teacher pay, but forecasted continued job growth in education and several other jobs through 2015.

The Oklahoma Department of Commerce’s Deputy for Workforce Development Diedre Myers questioned how to best prepare Oklahomans for the surge. 

“What do our Oklahoma citizens need to do to have successful careers over their lifetime?” she asked.

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Oklahoma Voices
11:00 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Economists Optimistic About Oklahoma Growth, Worried About Inaction On Roads, Teacher Pay

Left-to-right: Economists Robert Dauffenbach, Russell Evans, Mickey Hepner, and Dan Rickman during a panel discussion moderated by Oklahoma City advertising executive Rhonda Hooper
Carrie Snodgrass Greater Oklahoma City Chamber

Several economists praised Oklahoma's metro areas as engines of growth, but criticized state leaders for failing to plan for the long term.

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Oklahoma Voices
11:00 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Healthcare Policy Expert: Insure Oklahoma A Model, More People Accepting Obamacare

University of Minnesota political scientist Lawrence Jacobs during a Nov. 10, 2014 luncheon at the Jim Thorpe Association and Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame.
Kate Carlton Greer KGOU

Over the weekend, millions of Americans had the opportunity to sign up for health insurance as the annual enrollment window opened for coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

University of Minnesota political scientist Lawrence Jacobs traveled to Oklahoma City last week to speak at an Oklahoma Policy Institute luncheon. He argued state and federal officials would soon shift discussions away from an outright repeal of the healthcare plan.

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Oklahoma Voices
5:00 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Oklahoma Education Leaders List Challenges And Goals During Norman State Of Schools

Moore Norman Technology Center Superintendent Jane Bowen speaks during the 2014 Norman State of Schools luncheon.
Credit Norman Chamber of Commerce

Norman community and business leaders heard presentations on the current state of affairs, growing challenges, and future plans for both Norman Public Schools system and the Moore Norman Technology Center during Friday’s annual Norman State of Schools luncheon at the Marriott Conference Center at NCED.

Moore Norman Technology Center Superintendent Jane Bowen cited statistics showing a growing gap between employer’s needs and workforce skill sets and preparation.  

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